Name: Robert Hollywood
Death: BEF 12 SEP 1430
Residence: Artayne, co Dublin, Irleand
Change Date: 2 APR 2013
Artane on Dublin's northside is named after either Ard Tain, meaning Height of the Flocks, or Ard Aidhean, or Aidan's height. Owned in the 14th century by Robert de Hollywood, it is the site of Artane Castle, where the followers of Silken Thomas murdered the Archbishop of Dublin John Allen in the mid-1500s.
Hollywood, the next locality on this route, was an ancient manor of the family who thence derived their name, and extended over the lands of Hollywood, Kinawde, Brownstown, Newtown, Ballyrichard, Damastown, &c.
In 1206 King John directed a reference to ascertain whether Hollywood, then the fee of Geoffrey de Marisco, had been obtained on an exchange by the Archbishop of Dublin. [Lit. Pat. in Turr. Lond.]
In 1230 flourished John de Hollywood, a famous philosopher and mathematician, and so called from having been born here. "In his springing years," says Hanmer, "he sucked the sweet milk of good learning in the famous university of Oxford, afterwards he went to Paris, where he professed the learned sciences with singular commendations, and there slumbereth in the dust of the earth, whose exequies and funerals were there with great lamentations solemnized." He wrote four books respectively treating 'De Sphaera Mundi,' 'De Algarismo,' 'De Anno Ratione sire de computo ecclesiastico,' and 'Breviarium Juris.' The first of these works has been commented upon by many learned men, and particularly by Christopher Clavius. He died at Paris as before mentioned, and was buried there in the cloisters of the convent of St Maturine, otherwise called the convent of the Holy Trinity for the redempton of captives; a sphere is engraved upon his tomb. [Ware's Writers, p. 73] For a notice of Hollywood and its dependant chapelry of Grallagh, in this century, see at "Clonmethan?'
About the year 1302 "there arose a great controversy in law between Richard de Feringes, Archbishop of Dublin, and the Lord Edmund Butler, touching the manor of Hollywood in Fingal, with the appurtenances2 which manor the Lord Butler recovered by an arbitrament or composition taken between them in the King's Bench at Dublin." [Holinshed.]
In 1310 Roger de Sacro Bosco (Hollywood) was summoned to attend the parliament of Kilkenny; and in 1334 Henry Hollywood, a Dominican friar, was directed to parley with O'Conor, Prince of the Irish of Connaught, and to receive for his expenses and services forty shillings.
In 1355 Robert Hollywood was Chief Remembrancer of the Exchequer.
In 1361 Robert de Hollywood, a member of this family, was one of those gentlemen, "the worthiest then in chivalry," who were knighted by Lionel Duke of Clarence. In 1373 he had a grant of £40 for his services in the wars in the counties of Kilkenny and Carlow, and in 1317 was required to march with his retinue against the O'Byrnes and O'Tooles.
In 1401 Christopher Hollywood was one of those empowered by the king to hold convocations of the prelates, magnates, &c., to record their proceedings and to assess the state subsidies voted by them. For notices in 1416 and 1420, see at "Artane."
In 1422 the Hollywood family were on inquisition found seised of various lands in Hollywood, Brownstown, Cloghran, &c. [Rot. Pat. in Canc. Hib.] The former denomination being charged with a certain chief rent to the priory of the Holy Trinity of Lismullen, in the county of Meath. The same family had also the patronage of the vicarage of Hollywood, until by the marriage of the heiress of Sir Robert Hollywood with Robert Burnell of Balgriffin, it passed to the latter family.
Since both Elizabeth and Margaret were heiresses of their father, I have assumed their father must be the same Sir Robert.
Elizabeth?s father purchased the estates of Drumcree, Dysart and Donore from the heirs of Sir Theobald de Verdon. She was heiress of them.
Arland Ussher married Reia (Rex, Rosina, Rose) Holywood of Artane who was descended from Sir Robert de Holy Wood or de Sacro Bosco, who was knighted in 1361, as ?the worthiest in chivalry?, by Lionel, Duke of Clarence and Earl Palatine of Ulster.
- Elizabeth Hollywood
- Margaret Hollywood
- Elinor Hollywood
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Annals of Westmeath
Author: James Woods
Publication: Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker